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Special, Youth & Paraplegic Hunting Opportunities

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Youth Hunting Opportunities

Season

Locations

Dates

Youth Deer Archery

Zone 1

September 8 – 9

Zone 2

September 29 – 30

Zone 3

October 27 – 28

Youth Deer Muzzleloader

Zones 1 & 2

October 27 – 28

Youth Waterfowl

Statewide

October 27 – 28

Youth Pheasant

Great Swamp WMA, South Kingstown

Durfee Hill WMA, Glocester

Eight Rod Farm WMA, Tiverton

October 13 – 14

Youth Turkey

Statewide

April 20 – 21, 2019

  • All youth hunters ages 12 to 14 must be in possession of a resident or non-resident junior hunting license in order to hunt in RI. Youth hunters age 15 must possess a resident or non-resident hunting license. Licenses can be purchased after the completion of a Hunter Safety course.
  • Youth hunters age 12 – 14 must hunt in the immediate company of an adult, 21 years of age or older, holding a valid RI hunting/archery license. Hunters age 15 do not have to hunt in the immediate company of a licensed adult EXCEPT when waterfowl hunting during the youth waterfowl hunt when all youth hunters ages 12 – 15 must hunt in the immediate company of a licensed adult.
  • An adult may accompany no more than two youth hunters at any one time. Adults are prohibited from hunting or carrying archery equipment/firearms during the youth-only hunting days.
  • All other hunting permit requirements and hunting regulations per season remain.
  • For more information on hunting, contact the Division of Fish & Wildlife at 401-789-0281 or by emailing DEM.DFW@dem.ri.gov.
  • For more information about youth hunting opportunities or our Hunter Education program, call 401-539-0019 or email Jessica.Pena@dem.ri.gov.

Youth Deer Hunting: Dates vary depending on Season and Zone. All other regulations and permit requirements apply. Please see Deer Hunting for more deer hunting information.

Youth Waterfowl Hunting: Youth hunters may take ducks, sea ducks and geese following daily bag and possession limits for the regular seasons. All youth hunters (12 – 15) and those adults accompanying youth hunters must have a current HIP Permit and RI hunting license. The accompanying adult must also possess a current RI State Waterfowl Stamp and Federal Duck Stamp.

Youth Waterfowl Training and Mentored Hunt

For the 4th consecutive year, the Division of Fish and Wildlife is partnering with Ducks Unlimited to offer a youth waterfowl training day (September date TBA) and mentored hunt opportunity on youth waterfowl weekend for those youths that attend the training. Space is limited for the training and mentored hunt. For more information or to register, contact Josh Beuth at Joshua.beuth@dem.ri.gov.

Youth Pheasant Hunting: Youth Pheasant Hunt to be held on October 13 – 14 at Great Swamp, Durfee Hill and Eight Rod Farm Wildlife Management Areas. For more information please email Jessica.Pena@dem.ri.gov or call 401-539-0019.

Youth Turkey Hunting: Youth hunters may take two (2) bearded turkeys during the spring season, provided they purchase two (2) spring turkey permits and at least one (1) is taken on private property. All stipulations, permit requirements, and pertinent regulations apply. Accompanying adult may assist the youth hunter in calling the bird. No preregistration is required. For more information please contact our hunter education office by emailing Jessica.Pena@dem.ri.gov or by calling 401-539-0019.

Disabled Hunting Opportunities

Season

Locations

Dates

Special Deer Season for Disabled Hunters

Zone 3

October 23 – 26

Paraplegic Hunter Turkey Season

Statewide

April 20 – 21, 2019

  • Patience and Prudence Islands (Zone 3) Special Deer Season for Disabled Hunters. The taking of deer will be limited to paraplegic and double amputee hunters only.
  • A special hunting permit must be obtained through the RI DEM Office of Boat Registration and Licensing Division, 235 Promenade St. Providence, RI 02908 (401) 222-3576 by each applicant prior to the hunt. None will be issued on the island. An application signed by a physician for a first-time hunter, or a photocopy of a previous paraplegic/double amputee hunting license, is required.
  • None of the hunter’s assistants will be allowed to hunt or carry loaded firearms at any time. No license is required of the assistants.
  • All deer taken must be checked using the online harvest reporting system ri.gov/dem/huntfish.
  • All deer wounded, but not recovered, must be reported to DEM within 24 hours.
  • Ammunition is limited to a single lead or alloy projectile, rifled slug or sabot rounds in 10, 12, 16, or 20 gauge only. Buckshot is prohibited. Hunters may use muzzleloading firearms on Prudence Island.

Paraplegic Hunter Turkey Season: Spring turkey permit required. Hunting is this season is limited to paraplegic hunters only as evidenced by possession of a permanent disability hunting license. Bag limit is two (2) provided no more than one (1) is taken on public land.